Friday Favorites Link Up #1

Recently, Heather, over at Housewife Glamour, started a Friday Favorites link up where bloggers can share some of their favorite things.  I’ve seen so many of these “Friday Favorites”, “Things I’m Loving Lately”, etc posts out there, so I’m glad she started this!  Sometimes it’s nice to change things up from the usual recipe/workout focused post.  Happy Friday!

Housewife Glamour

1. Foam Roller

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Dear foam roller, thank you for changing my life…no really, thank you.  This thing is my saving grace for sore muscles and when I’m nursing an injury.  It seriously hurts so good.  Here are a few good go-to exercises:

Foam_Roller_Exercises2. Marilyn

No, I did not name my teasing brush, she came with that name, ok?  But yes, she is a trusted friend. Although it looks a little worse for wear, this brush has seen me through many football games and nights out on the town…ok fine, every day of my life there’s a little tease in my hair.

DSC01455This is the only brush I’ve used that gives me the poof I’m looking for and keeps it in place.  Admittedly, sometimes I take it to the extreme but go big or go home, right?!  Little girls like to ask me if I wear a bump-it.  I take that as a compliment, thankyouverymuch. 🙂

3. Bodycology lotion

Bath and Body Works body lotion is really the only lotion I’ve used for a long time.  Nothing against other lotions out there, my mom just always stocks me up at Christmas so I’m good to go for a while. 🙂 Recently, I was in need of a re-up and didn’t feel like making a trip to the mall, nor did I want to spend $12.50 on lotion.  While at Target, I spotted this Bodycology lotion and discovered it is very similar to B&BW.  Some of the scents are almost the same too, and at a fraction of the cost!  (I think $3.50, to be exact?)

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4. Salmon stir-fry

Stir-fry really couldn’t be easier to make, especially when you use a bagged veggie mix like I do. 😉  Lately I’ve been switching out my usual chicken for salmon and both Matt and I are loving it!

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5. Friday couch potato night

The second Matt and I wake up on Monday, it seems like the first words we utter (after “Good Morning”) are “Man, I can’t wait until Friday”.  Lately, our Friday nights have consisted of N.O.T.H.I.N.G. and it is glooorious.  I truly look forward to having a night free and spending it on the couch watching one of our favorite shows or a new movie and getting to bed at a decent time so I can be productive on Saturday….dang, I sound old.  It’s ok if you judge me.

6. Popcorn (the real stuff) on said couch potato night

I know in a previous “favorites” post, I mentioned I loved Skinny Pop but I also can’t deny my obsession with the real deal.  Buttery, salty popcorn.  I’m a sucker for popcorn and a movie on a Friday night with the hubs.  Sometimes you just gotta go for it!

DSC01462Yep, Movie Theater Butter.  Hey, it says it’s 100% Whole Grain…?! 😉

7. Bar Method DVD

I was supposed to go to a Barre class with a friend last Sunday and when she had to cancel at the last minute I still had my heart set on it.  I remembered I had this workout DVD from the Bar Method that I hadn’t even cracked the seal on so I thought it would be a good day to give it a try, honestly not really expecting much.  Holy Moly was I sore after this workout.  It wasn’t a high intensity workout and I didn’t break too much of a sweat but boy, were my legs and butt burning by the end AND the day after!  I will definitely be putting this DVD too good use, especially when winter hits and I’m too big of a baby to leave the house to go to the gym. 🙂

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There you have it, my first Friday Favorites link up with many more to come, I’m sure! 🙂

Why Situps & Sequins?

My name is Christa and I am a 28 year old former NFL Cheerleader, living in St. Louis, Missouri.  I was born and raised in Missouri, except for a 4 year stint in North Carolina, during my early years.  I went to college at the University of Missouri-Columbia (M-I-Z!) and after college, I moved back to St. Louis to pursue a career in marketing.  After a few (count them, 5!) career changes, I am now an Account Manager at an Internet Solutions company and truly enjoy what I am doing- FINALLY!

While at Mizzou, I met my husband, Matt.  We have been together for over 8 years, got married in October, 2011 and bought our first house in March, 2012.  No pets or kids yet. (Sorry mom!)  Taking care of ourselves and our house is enough for now!  He is everything I ever wanted in a husband; he is my partner in crime, my best friend, my soul mate, and MY biggest cheerleader.  Ok, enough of the gushing…but he really is the best. 🙂

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Two of my other biggest cheerleaders (in life AND on the football field) are my amazing parents, Donna and Jim.  They have been together for over 30 years, and Matt and I can only hope to have a marriage like they do, full of respect and love.  They have sat through countless dance recitals, dance competitions, and high school sporting events, just to watch me perform and do what I love.  All of this paid off, when supporting me meant coming to a Mizzou or Rams game- I think only then did my dad forgive me for all of the recitals he had to endure, because he got the best of both worlds.

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I also have a younger sister, Brittany, who many say could be my twin.  (My mom would like me to say she could also be our triplet, and that isn’t entirely false!) 🙂  Brittany didn’t follow in my dancing footsteps, but she definitely tried every sport I didn’t have the desire (or ability) to do.  Rounding out our family is the son my dad never had- our Golden Retriever, Ringo.  He gives me and my sister a run for our money in the favorite kid category, and I really can’t blame them, he’s pretty darn cute!

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I started dancing at a studio at the age of 3, and haven’t looked back since!  I continued through high school and was a Golden Girl at Mizzou.  Once I finished college and had a year off from dancing, I realized I truly missed performing in front of a crowd and being part of a team….so, that’s when I decided to try out to be a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader.  I was ecstatic when I made it, and even more honored when I was asked to be captain after my rookie season and selected to represent my team at the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  In addition to performing on the field at football games, a large part of our jobs as cheerleaders was community service and outreach.  I was fortunate enough to travel overseas to Kuwait, Iraq and Kosovo for military appreciation tours, and participated in countless charity events in the St. Louis area.  I also had the opportunity to travel to Cancun for calendar shoots, London for an International Series football game at Wembley Stadium, and the Dominican Republic for a Super Bowl promotion tour.  My journey with the Rams lasted for 5 amazing years, and this past season I decided would be my last.  It was a very bittersweet end to what had been such a life-changing experience, but I knew in my heart it was time to move on.

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Since college, I have always taken my health and fitness pretty seriously, but cheering for the NFL really brings it up a notch, to say the least!  Imagine cheering in front of a crowd of 60,000+ fans, but here’s the catch, you are in a half top and mini skirt….that’s 120,000 eyes that could be looking at you, at any moment in time….I’ll let that marinate for a minute. 🙂  If that isn’t pressure enough to always be in tip-top shape, I don’t know what else is!  When I first made the team, I thought I was in pretty good shape….that is, until I met our trainer (insert suspenseful music here).  He was the bearer of bad news- carbs are not your friend and light jogging paired with a few bicep curls just isn’t going to cut it, not in this world!  I am actually extremely grateful for everything that I learned from him, as well as our future trainers.  I now know what to eat and how to exercise in order to maintain a fit and, more importantly, healthy lifestyle both on and off the football field.

And that’s where Situps & Sequins comes in!  Now that my dancing and cheering career is over, I decided I wanted something else in my life that would hold me accountable and allow me to continue maintaining the healthy lifestyle that I have grown accustomed to.  I am a pretty self-motivated person already, but I thought this blog would be an extra incentive to stay in shape, and I’m hoping to inspire others along the way!